Snowbound Blues

Instructors

Tracked Intensive Instructors

Julie Brown

Julie Brown

Julie’s expressive dancing and joyful, playful connection are known throughout the blues dancing world. With a background in theatre, improv comedy, and solo dance, she is best known for her solo movement, artistic choreography, and killer follower expression.

A hard-working competitor, Julie has won many national competitions, including Nocturne Blues 2015 Challenge Strictly and Open Jack & Jill, Winter Blues 2015 Invitational Jack & Jill, Snowbound Blues 2015 Solo Blues, bluesSHOUT 2014 All Jack & Jill, and many more.

As a teacher, Julie is clear, thoughtful, and varying degrees of goofy. From in-depth analyses of arm movement, to beginner-friendly intros to lead-follow conversation, Julie carefully crafts her classes and continuously tailors her material to fit the crowd at hand. Julie has taught blues in San Francisco, Seoul, Austin, Boston, London, Chicago, Zurich, and many places in between. She also teaches regularly in her home-base of Boston. For dance videos, pictures, and more info, check out https://dancewithjulie.wordpress.com.

Tim O'Neill

Tim O'Neill

Why should you take classes with Tim? Here is what some of his friends, teachers, and students have said about him: He is a natural teacher and could teach fantastic classes without much effort, but still puts a huge amount of effort into planning. The classes create a comprehensive and fulfilling experience that carries a broader message about the relationship of the dancer to the community, the dance, and its history. But teaching is ultimately about the personal and individual investment in the student; Tim is sincerely inspired by the progress and happiness of anyone who works with him. He is honored to have that experience and is motivated by a deep sense of responsibility to his students. In class Tim is commanding, engaging, direct, and humble.

Since 1997 Tim has studied and taught Blues, Lindy, Ballroom, and Argentine Tango. He has won over a dozen Blues competition titles and is invited to teach at the biggest Blues events in the world. His teaching philosophy is that the best way to dance is to have fun, and learning dance enhances that ability.

Myriam Baril

Myriam Baril

Myriam is a seasoned performer and is a modern day dance vagabond... lindy hop, jazz, blues, hip-hop, she does it all. Her most proudest accomplishments include being part of the multiple award winning lindy team Swing Connexion in Montréal and always placing one above Randy in every solo dance competition they have ever entered together. ;-)

Randy Pante

Randy Panté

Myriam Baril and Randy Panté are Montréal-based dancers and choreographers specializing in the old-timey dances of jazz, blues, charleston, and funk. They dance out of the Swing Connexion Dance School and actively coach performance troupes, teach dance classes, and perform as much as they can. They are known for their strong work-ethic and can usually be seen social dancing with giant goofy grins at various dance venues around the city.

Randy loves to compete and perform, not because he's particularly competitive, but because it forces him to go to the studio to embrace the grind. He has placed in several top blues competitions around North America including 1st place solo blues, 1st in advanced jack and jill, and 2nd in all-star jack-jill at BluesShout and multiple 1st or 2nd places at events such as Snowbound Blues, Sweet Molasses, Enter the Blues, Blues Blaze, Emerald City Blues, North Star Blues, yadda yadda yadda ;-)

Joy Arico

Joy Arico

Watching Joy Arico dance is like seeing music out on the floor. Joy dances like she has a gallon of moxy in her quart sized container and she knows just how to serve it.

In 19 years of partner dancing, Joy has loved West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, as well as Balboa and Blues. Her exuberant love of dance is matched only by her attentiveness to technique and detail. Her number one goal in teaching is to share the LOVE of dance. Music should be the ultimate driving force of dance and she is focused on sharing ways to enhance the natural body response to music.

Joy lives in Rochester, New York where she runs Lady Luck Blues. Together with the rest of the Lady Luck Blues team she runs SnowBound Blues. Previously she lived in New York City where she was heavily involved with Jook Joint Shimmy Blues and Blues Blaze. She has danced, competed and taught in virtually every major dance city in the United States.

John Krieger-Joven

John Krieger-Joven

John discovered dance during the neo swing revival of the late 90s and has been hooked ever since. Over the years, he expanded his interests to DJing, event organizing, and competing. Before moving to New York, he regularly spun at many Chicago blues and swing events. Dancing competitively since 2009, he has won or placed in many blues dance competitions including BluesSHOUT!, the Steel City Blues Festival, Nocturne Blues, and Sweet Molasses Blues. John has taught internationally, all over the U.S., and is an organizer and instructor for Friday Night Blues in New York. Grounded in the fundamentals of the blues aesthetic, he encourages his students to feel the emotion of the music and have it influence their movement. As an avid social dancer, he is always ready to cut a rug!

Forrest Rogers-Marcovitz

Forrest Rogers-Marcovitz

Forrest Rogers-Marcovitz is known for his SnakeHips and other unique individual dance stylings. He studied ballet for eleven years, starting at age four, and started dancing blues and swing in college. Along the way he has also dabbled in jazz, tap, tango, hip hop, West African dance, and capoeira. Based in Boston, Forrest spends his time working on robots and was the head organizer for the Steel City Blues Festival in Pittsburgh from 2011 until 2016. Outside of Boston, Forrest has traipsed across 6 continents, taught in 5 countries, won competitions at blues events around the world, including in Berlin, London, and Tel Aviv, and is the two time reigning BluesShout All-Star Jack n’ Jill champion. A lively instructor, Forrest focuses on each student developing their own unique dance aesthetic.

Elective Instructors

Flouer Evelyn

Flouer Evelyn

Though based out of New York City, currently Flouer is galavanting about the world spreading her love of blues dancing through teaching. With over 20 years of training in various forms of partner dance, having performed and competed throughout Europe, North and South America, and acquiring her MFA in Dance; Flouer presents a very contextual, holistic approach to Blues. In her classes this often translates into encouraging individual artistry while paying close attention to connection, technique, and historical references. Dance classes are about people- they should be interactive, interesting, and FUN! Flouer is deeply dedicated to furthering the art of Blues dancing, and believes that people physically moving and learning together can lead to powerful experiences. http://www.flouerdances.com

Laura Chieko

Laura Chieko

Laura Chieko loves to dance, even more than she loves shoes. Since 2006, Laura has trained in Lindy hop, balboa, and blues, and dabbled in a myriad of other dance styles. She is known for her grace, enchanting performance, and effortless following. Her musical training informs her intricate musicality and opinions on how clarinets should sound. Laura loves blues for its emphasis on connection and the rich diversity in both its music and dances which she seeks to celebrate on and off the dance floor. On that dance floor, she is best known for her poise, playfulness, and ability to rock the color orange.

An educator in dance halls and traditional classrooms, Laura is known for her sunny disposition, student engagement, and captivating exploration of tiny details. She pulls from her wide cross training to create classes accessible to a wide range of students.

You might have seen Laura performing at Lindy Focus XII with the New York City Balboa Team, the "Amazebals," under the direction of Mickey Fortanasce, or at Bambloozled 2015 performing "Check Cashing Day" under the direction of Jenny Sowden. You can find her at LauraChieko.com, or in blues competitions across the country where she occasionally wins things.

Olivia Hilmer

Olivia Hillmer

Olivia's favorite part of dancing blues is, always, the music ...closely followed by the feeling of connecting to a room full of other people through that music. She is known for her expressive musicality and inventive following, and loves to share those qualities with other dancers both on the floor and in the classroom. When teaching, Olivia keeps students moving and emphasizes connection to the music and its history.

Olivia lives in New Haven, CT, where she teaches, organizes and DJs blues for Yale Swing, Blues & Fusion. She also teaches in New York City, and travels as much as possible.

Caroline McBride

Caroline McBride

Caroline has been dancing since the tender age of seven (ballet slippers, tutu and all!). She discovered a love of swing, salsa and modern dance 12 years ago, and has since made forays into blues, ballroom and balboa.

Frequent ankle sprains and hip strains kept her off the dance floor for a time, but inspired her to pursue a career in physical therapy. Caroline's focus as a physical therapist is to prevent injuries before they happen. To that end, she has worked with dancers and musicians of all ages to promote healing and help them return safely to their favorite art-form.

She has taught restorative stretching and conditioning for social and professional dancers of all genres, including at events such as Stompology and Swing Out New Hampshire. Caroline earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, and is soon to obtain her Pilates instructor certification.